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What Causes Seborrheic Dermatitis?

Other than acne, seborrheic dermatitis is one of the most common inflammatory skin conditions affecting people of all ages. And while the condition is incurable, it can be treated very effectively. Seborrheic dermatitis is chronic inflammation of the skin and isn’t always visible—meaning it comes and goes sporadically. Depending on if it’s showing, seborrheic dermatitis results in scaling on the skin that is red and sometimes cracks open and oozes.

Also known as seborrhea, it typically affects parts of the scalp, ears, brows, mid-face, and even chest or back. In some instances, seborrheic dermatitis is confused for psoriasis. And while both conditions impact the scalp resulting in itchy scaly patches, they are different and typically affect different parts of the body. Determining the cause usually requires a biopsy of the skin; however, the primary causes aren’t known. Many dermatologists and experts believe that oily skin may be a significant factor because the condition typically occurs in areas with a large amount of sebum production. It’s also commonly found in areas with a substantial presence of normal skin yeast (Pityrosporum or Malassezia).

It’s also common for patients with a severe central nervous system disease or disorder such as dementia to have an increased chance of developing seborrheic dermatitis, although there is little scientific or medical evidence relating the two. Additional factors that increase the risk of developing seborrhea include:

– Other neurological conditions like Parkinson’s disease or depression
– Weakened immune system (organ transplant recipients, some cancers, those with HIV/AIDS)
– Reaction to certain medications
– Recovering from a medical condition that causes stress like a heart attack

The condition may be managed through daily cleansings with a gentle soap or shampoo. However, you should see a doctor if you suspect an infection or if it has gotten so severe that it causes anxiety and disruption from a normal daily routine.

If you are currently suffering from seborrheic dermatitis and are wondering if scalp micropigmentation is still an option for your hair loss, the scalp micropigmentation professionals at Hairline Ink can answer your questions and walk you through the process. To schedule a consultation, contact us today by calling (585) 250-0835 or fill out our online form.

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